George Orwell's "1984" vs. Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’

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Many futuristic texts depict grim and bleak worlds; however the author often tantalizes the readers with a taste of hope, only to systematically destroy it . Hope is defined as that that is wanted or desired is attainable, without hope there is no reason to live. Throughout the novel ‘1984’ by George Orwell there is an undercurrent of hope, of the possibility that things can improve in the future. However, by the end the text is completely bereft of hope. In Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ we see a dystopia devoid of hope, where the only possibility of bettering your life is to move “off-world” and leave behind the now effete Earth behind. At first glance it would seem that Orwell’s ‘1984’ is completely without of hope. Everything is…show more content…
It is only going to get worse for the people still living on the Earth; however there is one source of hope in ‘Blade Runner’. To move “Off World” is the solution that society has decided on. This is a flawed system, yet it is their only answer. Despite the bleak world that is presented in ‘Blade Runner’ there is still the hope that you can move to a new world, and start afresh. Unfortunately, the humans are unlikely to learn from their mistakes, and their virus-like lifestyle will lead them to abuse and destroy their new worlds as well. Many futuristic texts depict grim and bleak worlds, yet there is often hope contained within the text. In ‘1984’ this hope is shown through his dream of the “Golden Country”, and through the characters of Emmanuel Goldstein and the anonymous Prole woman. Unfortunately all these sources of hope are systematically and ruthlessly destroyed by Orwell. In Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ the only source of hope is a quick fix solution that will inevitably fail, and cause the need of yet another quick fix solution. Even though many futuristic texts contain undercurrents of hope, these sources of hope are either eventually annihilated by the author, or once researched deeper are not really a source or hope at

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